Farmer makes a difference at rural school

Pupils of Vegkop Primary in their new uniforms during the hand-over ceremony with benefactor, local farmer, George Shawe.

In closing the month of January which is regarded as a back-to-school month, Endumeni Ward 6 Councillor, Thabisile Makabalande, saw the need to donate school uniforms to 10 underprivileged learners at Vegkop Primary.
They received full sets of school uniforms (consisting of a pair of shoes, boys trousers, shirt, a pair of socks, girls skirt and a warm jersey) as part of the government ensuring that the basic needs of learners are taken care of.
The occasion took place last week Wednesday at Vegkop Primary, where the event was graced by the hard-working Ward committees of Endumeni municipality and other Government representatives from COGTA and Government Communications and Information System. teachers and parents and, of course, George Shawe of Mthethofanayo Farm, who made the donation possible.
Ward 6 Councillor, Ms Makaba, stated that “the children were very pleased to receive a donation of R3 000 from Mr Shawe to buy school uniforms. This has made a positive and significant impact on their lives”.These learners were identified as the most deserving as their parents have nothing to put on the table. “We take pride in the intervention that we are making today, ensuring that our learners will now have confidence in their full uniform. Our role in the education system is not to neglect the obvious needs of our learners but to ensure continued support to learning and teaching within our schools,” added Cllr Makaba.
Mr Shawe expressed his heartfelt contribution towards the education of learners. “I believe this donation will encourage pupils to learn and become successful men and women. As a parent, I believe that education is a tool that can change the world into a better place and I am really proud of these boys and girls that are here today.” He further announced that he is willing to work with the Ward Councillor to continue donating school uniforms yearly just to ensure that rural children realise their potential to become successful. “I am really proud to make a difference in someone else’s life,” he added.
It was jubilation for parents and teachers whose kids benefitted from the school uniform.
“On behalf of the parents and SGB, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our councillor and government as a whole for the school uniforms thawere handed over to our destitute learners. It will boost their self-esteem and their performance in the classroom will drastically improve,” added Thembisile Zulu, SGB Member of Vegkop Primary School.

Pupils of Vegkop Primary in their new uniforms during the hand-over ceremony with benefactor, local farmer, George Shawe.

Excited learners after receiving uniforms from the delegation.

Northern Natal Courier

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